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post #121 of 188
I just purchased several metal fondant cutters (butterflies, flowers, etc.) from Nicolas Lodge's store here in Georgia and was so disappointed with them.

First, they were not cheap! I used them and they worked okay, but then I washed them in hot soapy water. After ONE use, they have all pitted. It's like the finish came off from simply soaking them in soapy water. I never had that happen before with Wilton's metal cutters. Has anyone else had this experience?

And of course, my daughter asked me the night before why I paid so much for a teeny tiny cutter and I told her "they last forever". icon_cry.gif
post #122 of 188
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Originally Posted by mustang1964

This is more of a question then anything but does anyone use Wilton parchment triangles? I have used them for about 12 years and always liked them, but in the past year they break no matter the consistency of the frosting. Anyone else have this problem? What does everyone else use?



I had a tough time with the parchment triangles until I cut them all in half and make smaller decorating bags with them. When I used them full sized, they always split or spit out the tip. thumbs_up.gif
post #123 of 188
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Originally Posted by poshcakedesigns

My wasted $10 was on the very thin fondant mat. It wants to curl up on the sides even with wetting the under side.

LOL I broke down and spent a whopping $2 on a piece of clear vinyl that fits over my island and it works great plus I have more room for rolling and helps to keep my counter from getting dirty.



I've got that too. I so agree. I hate that mat. I tried taping it, wetting underneath it..nothing keeps that baby from rolling up. Waste of money totally.
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post #124 of 188
Well I have to say my leveler also, and I dont know if you can consider this "equipment" but I hate the Wedding Cake Design software. It never works right for me and I think it was way over priced for what it could do! I have Happy Meal toys that can do more than that software!
post #125 of 188
How about the tip covers? thumbsdown.gif You're supposed to be able to slip them over the tips on filled bags you'll be using for touch-ups. icon_confused.gif They don't snap on; they just sit there, or fall off, etc. Aaaarrrgghh! icon_mad.gif I still haven't found any good uses for them except to take up room in my tip drawer! icon_rolleyes.gif

Thanks for letting me vent.

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post #126 of 188
After reading the consensus, I have to agree with some items.

I never got the tilting turn table because I felt like I would lose a cake in the first day I tried to use it. lol. So I bought a nice heavy duty turntable.

Those Wilton Tip covers are total crap. I thought, "wow, this is nice"... and then I tried to use one.. so I feel your pain.

Character Pans totally suck... though I used a bunch during college to make cakes for friends. I have now boxed them up in storage. I don't get many requests for them.

OMG what a piece of crud that icing sculpter thing is from Wilton. Atleast I got it off Ebay for 5 bucks. Ugh.... I "used" (uh, what I mean is failed miserably) it once and threw it in the bottom of my decorating draw, never to be used again.

Other than that.. now I have to find out about this Agbay stuff.. cause it sounds nice.

The new Wilton "yellow" line of merchandise is actually kind of cool. I bought one of the stand mixer spatulas... it's really cool because it has an angled head on it to reach into your stand mixer. So.. that's one piece I'll be keeping, and probably getting another one.
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post #127 of 188
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Originally Posted by YBRCakes

The new Wilton "yellow" line of merchandise is actually kind of cool. I bought one of the stand mixer spatulas... it's really cool because it has an angled head on it to reach into your stand mixer. So.. that's one piece I'll be keeping, and probably getting another one.



Just curious - Does that new spatula hook inside the bowl so that it's scraping down the contents for you? icon_confused.gif TIA

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post #128 of 188
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Originally Posted by icer101

going back to the gold gel, it is wonderful. i use it for my buttercream, fondant and g/p.



is it metallic?...do they have silver?
post #129 of 188
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

I bought a box of Wilton parchment triangles when I took the class in 1991. Never used them, but never threw them away either. Now, I love them for chocolate. I think the box is probably a collector's item. LOL



I have a box from 1992! icon_lol.gif I don't like the scroll press thingys either.

But my recent waste of money was a borders CelMould. Either I have no clue what I'm doing (which could very well be the case) or this thing is more trouble than it's worth!
post #130 of 188
Wilton's cake leveler, both of them
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post #131 of 188
Wilton's cake leveler.
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post #132 of 188
My worst buy would have to be my Wilton cake leveler, I find it pulls my cakes instead of cutting them...............unless it's the way I'm using it!!!!
post #133 of 188
Wilton cake leveler, ribbon cutter and letter press. These are the worst.
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post #134 of 188
Worst thing I every bought - - - My Wilton Classes at Michael's. What a waste of time and money. (I think if the instructor was better, I would have a different story.)

Second worst thing I ever bought some stupid swag and ribbon molds.

Third waste of money some plastic gismo thing from Wilton to help you find the right spot to mark so you can pipe your swag strings. I was to stupid to know you just measure and mark the spots. Boy they saw me coming!!!!

Very best thing I ever bought for cakes - - - a pencil and sketch book and my library of 55 books.
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post #135 of 188
Those of you having problems with the Sugarcraft guns - you know the red and black one - If you will soften the fondant with some piping gel that makes it a lot easier to use.

Piping Gel is one of my most favorite things. Royal Icing to thick - soften it with piping gel. Buttercream to thick and need it for piping string work - piping gel added works great. Softening fondant or gumpaste - add that piping gel. Gumpaste has no elasticity - basically it is just a lump - add some piping gel and you get life back into it. One of my favorite things now.

Tilting turntables - boy do I agree - worthless - just put a roll of masking tape under one edge of your turntable - lifts a little but not to much.
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